TODAY corrections and clarifications

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March 19, 2018: In an earlier version of this post, TODAY stated that astronaut Scott Kelly no longer had the same DNA as his identical twin, Mark Kelly. He does, in fact, still have the same fundamental DNA as his twin. Rather, the expression of some of Scott’s genes has been altered.

January 18, 2018: TODAY incorrectly reported that Monica Potter was pregnant. She is not pregnant. This story has been updated.

January 17, 2018: TODAY included a quote in a story about live lobster boiling from Richard A. Wahle, Ph.D., who claimed that some institutions advocate injecting lobsters with a solution of potassium chloride as a more humane method of killing crustaceans. The practice of consumers or home cooks injecting lethal doses of potassium chloride into lobsters that are to be eaten by people is not recommended by professionals and could potentially be dangerous to human health.

October 11, 2017: An earlier version of this video was headlined incorrectly, stating that the shooter warned Stephen Schuck of the danger. In fact it was hotel security guard Jesus Campos who warned him. The headline has been changed. TODAY regrets the error.

April 13, 2017: The headline on this video originally stated that Cassie De Pecol was the "first woman to travel to every country on Earth." The headline has been updated to clarify that De Pecol was in fact the first woman on record to travel alone to every country in the world.

January 5, 2017: This video has been edited to remove reference to a possible phone call between President Obama and President-elect Trump. The White House has said no such call is scheduled.

September 20, 2016: On Sept. 20, TODAY aired a segment on Terence Crutcher, the man fatally shot by Tulsa police. During the segment, we reported that both officers involved in the shooting were on administrative leave with pay. Only one officer is on administrative leave with pay. The incorrect line has been removed.

September 14, 2016: A TODAY broadcast segment was removed as it did not include information provided by Weight Watchers, which disputes reports their membership is down, saying instead it is on the rise.

June 1, 2016: On May 13, TODAY and incorrectly reported that Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, the Invictus swimmer who returned her medal to Prince Harry, is married. Marks is in fact divorced. The video has been taken down from the website and the story has been updated.

March 18, 2016: On March 18, TODAY aired a segment on Owen Labrie potentially violating the terms of his parole. A tweet – which would have provided greater context – was accidentally dropped from the spot. Find it here.

Feb. 4, 2016: In conjunction with a TODAY broadcast segment about a former sorority member speaking out against the troubling culture she experienced, we showed an image of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Kappa Kappa Gamma was not intended to be featured, and the woman who spoke out was not a member. We apologize for including an image of one of their houses in connection with the report.

Feb. 1, 2016: On Jan. 17, TODAY showed a bottle of Airelle Skincare's Exfoliating Cleanser in an online video discussing potentially harmful chemicals in skincare. None of Airelle's products, including their Exfoliating Cleanser, contain parabens or phthalates. Airelle's product should not have been depicted in this context, and we apologize for the error. The video and story have been updated on the website.

Jan. 22, 2016: On Jan. 19, TODAY incorrectly reported statistics regarding drunk driving fatalities in a broadcast segment about whether ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft have contributed to lowering the number of alcohol-related accidents. The broadcast report has been taken down from the website.

Nov. 11, 2015: On Tuesday, Nov. 11, while reporting on Veterans Day sales, a guest on the TODAY broadcast incorrectly stated that consumers without chip-enabled credit cards are liable if their personal information is compromised. Consumers are never held responsible for fraud. The broadcast report has been taken down from the website.

Oct. 6, 2015: On Tuesday, Oct. 6, while reporting on a recall of General Mills products labeled “gluten-free,” a TODAY broadcast segment incorrectly included a shot of a cereal with a “gluten-free” certification and not included in the recall. The broadcast report has been updated on the website.

Sep. 2, 2015: On Wednesday, Sep. 2, a TODAY broadcast segment incorrectly reported figures from a Pew study about American Catholics. The TODAY report stated that 27% of Catholics who attend mass regularly don’t see gay behavior as a sin. That number is actually 36%. The report also stated that nearly a quarter of Catholics who attend mass regularly do not see abortion as sinful. The number is actually 20%. The video of this segment has been removed from

May 29, 2015: On Friday, May 29, a TODAY broadcast segment suggested that first lady Michelle Obama proposed a healthier s'mores option. This was incorrect. The first lady is not involved in the effort. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is responsible for the campaign. The broadcast report has been taken down from the website.

April 30, 2015: After we aired a report on the book “A Gronking to Remember,” the attorney for the Ohio couple whose engagement photo was used without authorization contacted us with a clarification: “My clients did not post the photo on the Internet, including not on social media. We do not know how the photo was wrongfully appropriated before it was wrongfully published by Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. My clients do know they did not put it on the Internet.”

Dec. 13, 2014: TODAY broadcast and digital reports on Dec. 12 wrongly suggested that Pope Francis said animals go to heaven. The online story has been corrected and the broadcast report has been taken down from the website.

Nov. 11, 2014: A Nov. 11, 2014 TODAY broadcast report about the clinic where late comedian Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest included incorrect information regarding Yorkville Endocopy’s Medicare and Medicaid funding. Yorkville Endoscopy said in a following statement: “Yorkville Endoscopy has been and continues to be fully accredited by Medicare and Medicaid and it receives reimbursements for those patients who have this coverage. A corrective plan of action is currently being reviewed by CMS and it and Yorkville have been in regular contact.” The incorrect information has been removed from the online clip.

Oct. 14, 2014: On Oct. 10, 2014, TODAY aired a segment highlighting questions raised about the safety of artificial crumb rubber turf on playing fields. A correspondent made a reference in error to the National Football League having a “non-toxic” but more expensive alternative to crumb rubber turf. In fact: Of the 14 NFL stadiums with artificial turf, eight use crumb rubber turf while others use a turf that combines crumb rubber with other forms of infill. The reference has been removed from the online clip.

Sept. 30, 2014: A Sept. 24 TODAY broadcast report about soda companies pledging to cut calories contained outdated information. The video clip has been expired and removed from the site.

August 13, 2014: In an Aug. 11 interview on TODAY, Tracy Morgan’s attorney Benedict Morelli mistakenly said there are 75 deaths a day from big rigs. That is incorrect. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest statistics, in 2012, there were 75 fatalities due to large truck crashes per week, approximately 11 per day.

July 16, 2014: In broadcast stories about the man accused of breaking into actress Sandra Bullock’s Los Angeles home, we incorrectly reported that the suspect is out on bail. In fact, suspect Joshua Corbett is still being held in the Los Angeles County jail in lieu of $2.185 million bail.

July 2, 2014: misidentified a photo of Prince William and Duchess Kate at a tennis match as the Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov match. The royals were in fact reacting during the Simona Halep and Sabine Lisicki match in the photo that ran in this story.

June 13, 2014: In a June 13 broadcast story, we reported that Ford was lowering the fuel-economy ratings for six models, including 2013 and 2014 Ford Fiesta models. That is not accurate. Ford is reducing the rating on six models, but only 2014 models of the Ford Fiesta are impacted. The video has been taken down from

June 10, 2014: In a June 9 broadcast story, we reported that New York Jets player David Nelson was bitten by a mosquito while on a charity trip in Haiti and after getting a fever and flu-like symptoms, he was tested for Chikungunya disease. That test was positive. We reported that he was quarantined. That is not accurate. He was not quarantined at any time while in Haiti or upon his return to the US. Symptoms lasted about a week and he is now fully recovered. We apologize for the error and are happy he's feeling better. The video has been taken down from

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